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info about a plasma t.v

by cvs20042004 / November 20, 2006 2:14 PM PST

looking to purchase a 50" plasma and have just a few choices. trying to get a nice one between 2000 and 2500 . i live in a rural area of alabams and have direct tv. no over the air channels. question i have is do i need to purchase a plasma with an h.d. turner built in or is that a waste of money. i have been told that to receive h.d. signals i will have to purchase a tuner from direct t.v. and if that is the case do i need a tuner built in? also i have compared a panasonic and an LG model and it appeared to me that the LG had a cleared picture. please be gentle with a newbie here and i want to thank everybody for their responses.

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by hippiechick37 / November 20, 2006 10:00 PM PST

I just bought a Panasonic TH-50PX600U and received it last Friday. I paid $2150 for it. I am in the 100-200 hour break-in period so I have the picture settings set low during this time. But even with the it being set low, the picture is fantastic. I watched some space shuttle launches that ocurred over the last few years, in HD, and it was amazing.

I did a lot of research on TVs before my purchase. I looked in the Consumer Reports guides, forums to see what people were saying about different brands, etc... I settled with the Panny and I am happy with my choice. Oh, the TH-50PX600U does have a built-in tuner.

Here is a link to the Panny if you're interested in checking out the specs:;_ylt=AgaMAd3ryXB2Yi4KIbNzgFIRSXAD;_ylu=X3oDMTBiZ2o2Y3ZwBHNlYwNzaWJzcGVj

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by sirroundsound / November 20, 2006 10:10 PM PST

If all you will ever use is satellite, then you do not need a tuner built into the TV. Your satellite box is the tuner. If you do not have Directv HD, you will want to upgrade your Directv box(and probably the dish).

The Panasonic mentioned above is good, but there are a few others out there that people seem to enjoy. If you do not really need plasma you could also look at JVC and their DiLA TV's, still very slim, but not designed to hang on a wall. Great picture on them too. (Sony has their LCOS sets, which is their name for the same technology)

Good luck.

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